Rangers did not get the chance to play competitively this weekend but Steven Gerrard has given a glimpse of how he will utilise Jermain Defoe after yesterday’s friendly against Helsinki.
The promised return to action after the winter break all ended rather frustratingly on Friday evening when our Scottish Cup fixture away to Cowdenbeath was postponed until the end of January, denying fans the opportunity to see Defoe make his competitive debut.
However, Gerrard did field a strong team in the first half of Sunday’s clash against Finnish side Helsinki, who visited Ibrox as part of the deal that brought Alfredo Morelos to the club.
The manager played both the Colombian and Defoe together in a different formation than what we’ve been used to seeing this season.
He was happy with what he saw from the pair, suggesting it’s a system he will utilise going forward.
As quoted by The Daily Record, Gerrard said:
It looks dangerous – they are two good players.
The early signs are really positive. They seem to like playing together. It gives me and the staff more options to keep opposition teams guessing.
Having Jermain here gives us that option, and having Kyle Lafferty as well. It gives us the opportunity to play a different system if we want to. We can play 3-5-2 or a diamond in midfield or 4-4-2.
Having flexibility will hopefully mean teams find it more difficult from the off to figure out how we will approach games, allowing us to exploit and attack teams more effectively in the early stages of matches.
Defoe looks like he is lacking a bit of match fitness but with a few games should be up to par, with his movement yesterday drawing particular praise from supporters.
We can’t wait to see what both he and Morelos can achieve in the second half of the season.